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Noise and Use Policies

Ingram Library facilities, collections, and services support teaching and learning; showcase scholarship; and reflect distinct characteristics and resources of the university.  In order to sustain a welcoming, supportive, and safe environment, library faculty and staff expect all users to follow the policies and laws established by the University and the State of Georgia.  Penalties for violations of these standards range from warnings and temporary expulsion from the building to suspension or expulsion from the university to referral to the legal system for prosecution.

To ensure that all can use the building effectively, the library floors are intended to be used as followed.  (Group sizes are suggestions for optimal use)

Ground Floor: Quiet conversation level, small groups, individual study

First Floor: General conversation levels, large groups of 5-8, small groups of 2-4, individual study, group use of computers when needed. Students may move furniture within an area in order to accommodate their research or learning needs but are expected to return it to its original location.

Second Floor: Quiet conversation level, small groups of 2-4, individual study, group study rooms (are NOT soundproof so maintain quiet conversation level), students may move furniture within an area but are expected to return it to its original location.

Third Floor: No conversation levels, individual study, quiet reflection, individual use of computers only, group study rooms and presentation practice room (quiet conversation level)

The third floor also contains the Lactation Room (from the elevators, go to the far right corner).  Nursing mothers, as well as mothers needing to feed infants and toddlers, may check out the key for this room at the front desk.  Noise levels in the room should be kept to a minimum out of respect for students who may be studying nearby.

Group study rooms keys can be checked out by 2 or more students at a time.  Both users must be present and give their IDs to get a key. Groups may check out a key for 2 hours at a time, and there must be at least two students in the room for the duration of the checkout period.  If all the study group rooms are checked out, groups may not recheck the key out for a additional time.

For use of library classrooms, see the Instructional Services policy page.
For reservation inquiries of the library’s event spaces on the first and ground floor, see the Events policy page.

Users of the library must follow the UWG Conduct Code.  Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to:
  • Causing disturbances that interfere with the normal use of the library, including rowdiness, excessive noise, and offensive interpersonal behavior
  • Damaging, defacing, removing, or misusing library materials and furniture
  • Violating campus policies concerning alcohol and drugs.  The UWG Conduct Code Section 7.00 expressly forbids consumption of alcohol on university premises, except at authorized events, as well as “being in an intoxicated condition as made manifest by disorderly, obscene, or indecent conduct.”
  • Unauthorized use, possession, or storage of any weapon
  • Engaging in sexual activities
  • Harassing or stalking library staff or users
  • Soliciting library staff or users
  • Tampering with emergency mechanisms such as fire alarms 
  • Using emergency exits in non-emergencies
  • Being in unauthorized areas of the building, including employee-only areas, remaining after closing, and failing to leave during a drill or emergency
  • Taking library materials or lab equipment (such as copy paper, computer periphera, toners, staplers, etc) without authorization
  • Leaving children unattended in the library.  In accordance with the Unaccompanied Children policy, children under 12 must be under the supervision of an adult.  Unattended children will be reported to Public Safety.
  • Violations of the Food, Beverages, and Tobacco policy

Users violating UWG conduct codes or exhibiting unacceptable behaviors may be warned and asked to cease the problem behavior. Depending on the nature of the problem and/or its recurrence,  library staff will take appropriate action, up to and including contacting University Police. Individuals or groups who do not follow these guidelines may be accountable to both civil authorities and the University of West Georgia.